KAMPALA-President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today July 19th 2020, flagged off 25 vehicles donated to Coronavirus Response Team to help in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The function took place at Kololo Independence grounds in Kampala and President Museveni warned Ugandans about the Coronavirus disease saying it is still here and very dangerous.
“This disease is one of the biggest challenges to the human race because have never had this kind of problem before. “President Museveni noted.
Mr Museveni warned, that because of the mobility of people traveling from one destination to another, the disease can easily spread anywhere quickly and people who are joking with the disease are playing with fire.
“Over 13 million people have been infected and half a million people have died across the entire World, so this is not a joke,” He warned.
The President revealed that as of today, Saturday July 18th 2020, Uganda had registered 1062 positive cases of Coronavirus out of 238,000 total tests done since March 2020 and 1,023 people have recovered and discharged from hospital with no death yet.
Mr. Museveni attributed this rare success mainly to Ugandans who have continuously listened to the government’s message and advise to minimize the infections and control the spread not forgetting the health workers who are at the front line of fighting the pandemic.
“I want to congratulate Ugandans for listening to our message and doing what we advised them to minimize the infections and save the few infected,” Mr Museveni said.
He revealed that some Health workers, who were initially infected by the virus and healed, were again re-infected when they returned to hospital to work.
“This disease is not a joke, apparently it can attack you again and I thank those who take the disease serious and avoiding to endanger those around them” He said.
The President commended the Coronavirus response Team for a job well done and thanked everyone who has donated to this noble cause saying that when they give, God blesses them.
He appealed to all Ugandans and well-wishers to donate more and more and assured them that their money is in safe hands and will do what it is supposed to do.
The Prime Minister of Uganda Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who attended the function said that everyone has a responsibility to fight and defeat the virus and commended the health workers and the political leadership led by President Museveni for guiding the country well during this period.
“I salute the health workers, political leadership headed by H.E the President and those who have donated to the response team. The Pandemic is still with us but we should defeat it and every one of us has a responsibility” Prime Minister Rugunda said.
Minister Mary Karooro Okurut who is the political head on the Coronavirus Response Team thanked President Museveni and Government for their exemplary and strategic leadership during the Pandemic and she appreciated all those who have come out to donate to this cause.
“God helps those who help themselves. Ugandans have been creative during this period and now the country can make masks, sanitizers etc,” Minister Karooro said.
The Chairman Coronavirus Response Team, Mr. Emmanuel Katongole revealed that so far 51.3 billion shillings has been donated as of July 17th, 2020, out of which 34 billion are physical donations and he added that 70 vehicles have been donated so far including the 25 which were being flagged off.
“The last three months have seen what Ugandans can do when they come together and despite Coronavirus and Ugandans have donated to this cause, from big to small, companies to individuals, from Bodaboda riders to school children and this is inspiring.
Mr. Katongole revealed that they are going to use part of the money to construct border holding facilities at 9 entry points of this country, buy 100 vehicles for upcountry hospitals and build a Blood Bank in Soroti Hospital.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected to address the nation on Tuesday 21st July 2020 to give an update on the country’s efforts in fighting the spread of Coronavirus Pandemic.
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